What to know about the Kick-Down Cable all about:
The car transmission kick-down cable is a vital part of any vehicle, whether its fuel injected or carbureted. It functions to move the transmission into a higher gear when the engine revs. It is mounted to the throttle body on fuel-injected cars, and to the carburetor’s butterfly arm on carbureted models. It delivers fuel to the engine.
The cable is set to a specified length, permitting for a bit of play. If it’s too slack, the transmission will shift slowly into the next gear, and if it’s not sufficiently slack, then the kick-down will happen too quickly.
Facts to Note:
Kick-down cable replacement is not a part of your routine maintenance.
The kick-down cable is standard equipment on every vehicle, regardless of transmission type.
Aftermarket kick-down cables are also available.
Shifting problems can be due to other issues besides a faulty kick-down cable.
How to Fix:
The kick-down cable is confirmed to see if it needs to be changed
The defective kick-down cable is removed
The new kick-down cable is fixed and adjusted
The kick-down cable is tested for operation
The transmission is tested to ensure proper operation of the kick-down cable.
Effective shifting is important to any vehicle, regardless of whether it is equipped with an automatic or a manual transmission. If you’re experiencing problems shifting, this could present a danger in traffic; see one of your expert mechanics for any shifting difficulties.
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Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Kick-Down Cable:
Car shifts too slowly
Car shifts too quickly – seems to “jump” into the next gear
Importance of this service:
Shifting problems shouldn’t be overlooked. This is a safety issue, and if you’re experiencing trouble with your car shifting improperly, you should drive as little as conceivable. Have one of your expert mechanics diagnose the cause of the problem.